ESTABLISHMENT OF LAND TITLES REGISTRY
—(1) This Act shall be administered by the Registrar of Titles who shall be appointed by the Minister and who shall carry into execution the provisions of this Act and be responsible for the general administration of the Land Titles Registry.
(2) The Minister may also appoint such number of Deputy Registrars and Assistant Registrars of Titles and other officers of the Registry as may be necessary for the carrying out of the provisions of this Act.
(3) The Minister may create different grades for Deputy Registrars and Assistant Registrars of Titles.
(4) Whenever by law anything is appointed or authorised to be done by the Registrar of Titles, that thing may lawfully be done by a Deputy Registrar or an Assistant Registrar of Titles.
(5) Where any other officer is appointed to carry out the provisions of this Act —
such officer shall, subject to the general or special directions of the Registrar or any Deputy Registrar of Titles authorised by the Registrar to act on his behalf, carry out the provisions of this Act; and
any person dealing with or making any inquiry on any matter or fact registered or notified in the records maintained under this Act is exonerated from inquiring whether such officer who has purportedly carried out lawfully the provisions of this Act has the power to do so.
—(1) The Registrar shall have and use a seal of office having inscribed in the margin thereof the words “Registrar of Titles, Singapore”.
(2) Every certificate of title, dealing or any other document in writing relating to the disposition or acquisition of, or claim to, any estate or interest in land or evidencing title thereto, bearing the Registrar’s seal or the facsimile of that seal and purporting to be issued by the Registrar shall —
be received in evidence; and
unless the contrary is shown, be deemed without further proof to be issued by or under the direction of the Registrar.
—(1) The Registrar may exercise the following powers:
he may administer oaths and take statutory declarations;
he may enter caveats for the prevention of fraud or improper dealing whenever he has reason to think that fraud or improper dealing may occur, or for the prevention of any dealing with any registered land which has been found to be erroneous;
he may —
require any person who may have possession or control of an instrument relating to land the subject of a dealing, or relating to title to any such land, to produce that instrument; and
retain any such instrument, whether produced pursuant to this paragraph or otherwise,
until it is no longer required for the action in accordance with a dealing lodged with him provided that the Registrar shall permit the person who is entitled to the custody of that instrument to inspect the instrument; and
he may summon any person referred to in paragraph (c) or any person who from the land-register or a dealing appears to have or is entitled to or acquires or divests an estate or interest in any land to appear and give an explanation respecting that land or instrument.
(2) For the purpose of verifying the proprietorship of any land, whether registered or unregistered, and of establishing the limits of boundaries in relation to the proprietorship of such land where there is no modern survey or where the plans filed with the Authority are not sufficiently clear to establish such boundaries, the Registrar may require —
any person who may have possession of any title deed relating to any unregistered land and any relevant document pertaining to any estate or interest in such land other than documents relating to trusts to produce such documents; and
any person who owns any estate or interest in land, to furnish any information pertaining to the use or tenure of the land or any other matter pertaining thereto.
(3) Where a person —
on being summoned under paragraph (d) of subsection (1), refuses or neglects to give an explanation which he is pursuant to that paragraph required to give, or knowingly misleads or deceives any person authorised to demand any such explanation,
that person shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000; and if the instrument or information withheld appears to the Registrar to be material in relation to an instrument lodged for registration under this Act, the Registrar may refuse to register the instrument lodged for registration.